Red Kidney Bean Dip

Red Kidney Bean Dip

I like the versatility of dips.  I enjoy them served with good bread as a starter, for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. They are also perfect for entertaining.  Nothing beats a homemade dip for a healthy snack.  I hope you will enjoy this flavoursome red kidney bean dip.

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Icun ama qureebaad

Somali Shortbread Biscuits (Qureebaad ama Icun)

Icun in Somali means ‘eat me’ and believe me you will eat and eat these crumbly shortbread biscuits that just melt in the mouth.  They are usually made for festive days, but in our household we don’t wait for a special day.  Any day and everyday is icun day!

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One pot veggies

Spicy Vegetable Hotpot

This vegetable hotpot is packed with goodness and is super tasty too. You literally chuck everything into one pot and cook away, making it one of the easiest dishes you could make.

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Polenta African Style (Soor)

This stiff, porridge like dish made from maize flour and water is practically the national dish in many African countries. In Somali we call this African dish soor. It is usually eaten using the hand. You pick up a small amount using three fingers and form a ball to scoop vegetables or meat. It won’t take long to get the hang of eating this way, but do take your time if you are eating with me as I usually get a kick watching novices try!

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Macsharo yariis

Macsharo Yariis (Mini Rice and Coconut Cakes)

These delicious bite sized rice cakes are a traditional Swahili breakfast and snack favourite, but I was delighted when I encountered them in the coastal cities of southern Somalia. They are crunchy outside, and soft and fragrant inside.

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Malawax Hayl iyo Miracas (Cardamom Pancakes with Berries)

Pancakes and berries with cream is such an indulgent breakfast and one that I like to enjoy occasionally and not just for breakfast! I have spiced this recipe up with the addition of cardamom, which adds a wonderful scent and flavour.

This pancake recipe is different from the typical Somali malawax in that the mixture is thicker and the pancakes are fluffier.

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